Not to worry, CJ just needs for his game to go South
For those of us in the media who have piled on the slow start — relatively speaking — of Chris Johnson, myself included, consider this: He hasn’t played a game in the AFC South yet.
[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=Chris+Johnson+titans&iid=9908466″ src=”http://view2.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9908466/denver-broncos-tennessee/denver-broncos-tennessee.jpg?size=500&imageId=9908466″ width=”234″ height=”347″ /]The Titans open division play Monday night in Jacksonville against the Jaguars, and Johnson gets his first crack at a team that he hung 311 of his 2,006 rushing yards on last season.
In fact, Johnson was much better last season in the six division games than he was in the Titans’ other 10 games. My research surprised me. CJ averaged 134.3 yards per game and 6.7 yards per carry in the division last season, 120.0 and 5.0 in the other 10 games. Those are significant differences.
I’ll admit I would have figured it the other way around. You’d think — or at least I would — that the teams that see CJ the most would have him figured out the best. Such obviously has not been the case.
“We’re gonna gameplan week after week but once you get to the division you can anticipate some things you’re gonna get, especially the second time around, as opposed to against uncommon opponents, who are gonna completely change their philosophies to defend him,” Jeff Fisher said.
The coach’s take is an interesting one. We’ll see if Jaguars second-year defensive coordinator Mel Tucker can come up with something different to slow CJ that he couldn’t arrive at in 2009.
This is just CJ’s third Monday night game.
“It’s always exciting to play on Monday Night Football,” he said. “You always wanna put on a big show on the big stage.”